Secret Service: We don't have any Trump White House tapes

Speaking in the Rose Garden at the White House US President Donald Trump has, for the first time, spoken publicly following former FBI Director James Comey's explosive testimony before the US Senate Intelligence Committee.

Comey, Trump said at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, "confirmed a lot of what I said".

"I hardly know the man", Trump said, when asked by reporters about Comey. He painted Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Trump's request to end an investigation into Flynn, his former national security adviser, as an order coming from the president.

However, Sessions said he affirmed Comey's concerns and directed Comey not to hold any conversations about any investigation "in a way that was not proper". A plurality of voters, 49 percent versus 41 percent, say President Donald Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, as indicated by a Public Policy Polling survey released Monday.

A day after he had allowed surrogates to respond for him, Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to attack Comey directly, writing: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication. and WOW, Comey is a leaker!"

Trump has swiftly and emphatically denied Comey's version of events.

Mr Comey told the Senate panel he took meticulous notes of each meeting or conversation he had with Mr Trump because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document".

During the hearing, Comey said he believes he was sacked because of his investigation into Russian Federation and former Trump security adviser Michael Flynn.

Under oath, Comey repeatedly called Trump a liar.

Comey admitted that, after his firing by Trump on May 9, he asked a friend to leak the documentation of the contents of the Trump meetings to the press in the hope of prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor.

"If there aren't tapes Trump should let that be known".

A number of legal scholars disagree with Kasowitz's assessment, including John Dean, who served as White House counsel in the Nixon administration. Trump tweeted Friday morning.

The leaders of the Senate judiciary's probe sent Richman the request on Thursday and asked he provide it by Friday.

  • Zachary Reyes